Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.
One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.
Without warning, from the spark of an electrical charging cable, John Rood suddenly found his home filled with thick, black smoke Tuesday morning.
A local flower shop was bringing smiles to area residents Monday morning and afternoon. Greenville Floral participated in the “Make Someone Smile Week” put together by Teleflora, a California-based company with more than 13,000 member florists throughout the U.S.
Edward Mulholland spent his 25th birthday painting the rusting pavilion roof of a Montcalm County park … for free. Mulholland, who lives in North Augusta, S.C., has been coming up to Michigan the past few years to do paint jobs over the summer. He painted four barns earlier this summer for Roger Betten of Trufant.
With a heavy, dead log slumped over his shoulder and beads of sweat dripping down his forehead as he trekked across a small stream and up a hill, Jared Rittersdorf could only smile as he looked upward. There, placed at the top of a steep hill, was an orange stake sticking out from the ground.
“That right there, that’s going to be a beautiful view,” the Greenville man said as he looked back behind him at the small ravine he had crossed. “You’re going to be able to stand there, and just watch your disc soar across the park.”
Seashells, skeletons and a baby pig fetus were popular attractions Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, is a member of the Mixed Bag of Nuts Club. He helped his brother Raymond, 5, look at seashells through a telescope, then contemplated a jar containing the pickled baby pig.
As Mackenzie Miller softly took the stage Tuesday evening in her ballet slippers, she waited patiently with closed eyes for her dance routine to start. Standing silently in the Montcalm County Fairgrounds’ Ash Building, upon taking one last deep breath, the first word from a poem she had co-written came over the audio system.
From winning giant stuffed animals to spinning so quickly you can’t see straight, this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair carnival midway is shaping up to offer fun for fairgoers young and old. With the tantalizing aroma of Smoky B’s Barbecue lingering in the air and the evening sky illuminated with blinking carnival lights, the small-town fair atmosphere is considered a staple of annual 4-H festivities.
Thanks to a love instilled on his grandfather’s farm, Rory Eldridge of the North Central 4-H Club was named the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year on Saturday.
Rory, of Stanton, is a third generation 4-H’er and got involved with 4-H when he was 10 years old.